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ACTFL Statement on Michigan State University Shooting

ACTFL is both saddened and outraged after another senseless school shooting in this country, this time at Michigan State University. Our hearts go out to the victims, their colleagues, family, friends, and the entire MSU community.

ACTFL Announces New Board Members for 2023

ACTFL is pleased to announce five newly elected and appointed members to its Board of Directors. L.J. Randolph, Jr. (President-Elect) of the University of Wisconsin-Madison; Michele Back (Higher Ed, at-large) of University of Connecticut’s Neag School of Education, Brandon Locke (PNCFL Regional Representative) of Anchorage School District in Anchorage, AK, Catherine Ousselin (K-12, at-large) of Mount Vernon High in Washington State, and Amanda Ramirez (CSCTFL Regional Representative) of Avon High School in Indiana will each begin their terms on January 1, 2023.

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ACTFL to Launch National Foundation Endeavor

During its annual Convention & World Languages Expo to be held in Boston, November 18-20, 2022, ACTFL will celebrate with members, language advocates, and the world the launch of the Language Connects Foundation (LCF), a national not-for-profit and philanthropic organization created to uplift language educators and champion language education.

Joint Statement on Sustainable Systems for Quality Teaching

The US education system—with its promise to educate all—has been a model for the world, but it faces unprecedented challenges. The teacher shortage has recently received national attention, but the issue has been building for years. It affects some regions more than others; districts that serve rural areas and/or low-income pupils; and specific subject matter. Some states have responded by lowering the qualifications for individuals to be employed as teachers.

Dr. Celia Zamora Selected to National Scholar Program

ACTFL congratulates Dr. Celia Chomón Zamora, Director of Professional Learning and Certifications, for being selected as one of 12 scholars for the 2022-2024 Diversity Executive Leadership Program (DELP) by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE).

ACTFL Proudly Releases New Vision Statement

ACTFL has a responsibility not only to ensure that all learners have access to language education, but also to convey the importance of language learning to the broader community. To that end, ACTFL is pleased to release a new vision statement, recently approved by the ACTFL Board of Directors: "ACTFL envisions an interconnected world where everyone benefits from and values a multilingual and multicultural education."

2022 ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year Announced

ACTFL is pleased to announce the 2022 National Language Teacher of the Year has been awarded to Heather Sweetser, an Arabic instructor at the University of New Mexico (UNM), and a regional finalist representing the Southwest Conference on Language Teaching (SWCOLT). The award presentation was held during the Opening General Session of the 2021 Virtual ACTFL Convention & World Languages Expo on Friday, November 19.

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